KU Medical Center is required by federal law under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to distribute the Notice to Employees of Health Insurance Marketplace Form to all current employees by Oct. 1. As part of our due diligence, we are giving advanced notice that university employees will receive this form via email on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The email will provide information on a new health insurance marketplace formed by the U.S. government.
For most of our employees, this notification will serve simply as an FYI. For individuals who are not eligible for our medical coverage, the government marketplace may provide opportunities for coverage. Watch for the informational email on Sept. 25.
The American Medical Women's Association and the Office of Student Life are hosting the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at KU Medical Center on Monday, Oct. 7, at noon in the School of Nursing Atrium. This event strives to increase awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. All men on campus are invited to participate by raising money leading up to the event and walking a mile around campus in women's shoes on Oct. 7. Donations benefit the Rose Brooks Center. After the walk, a presentation will be given by a Rose Brooks Center representative.
T-shirts, shoes, and lunch will be provided for participants. The registration form is available here. You can also sign up to walk and pick up a registration form in the Office of Student Life (G005 Orr Major) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. View photos from last year's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event.
We still need house captains and volunteers to support our Christmas in October event on Saturday, Oct. 12. KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital are joining forces to help repair the homes of elderly, disabled, veterans, or low-income residents who cannot make repairs themselves. House captains and volunteers will strive to make their homes safer, warmer and more secure and comfortable before cold weather arrives.
This will be the 17th year that KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Hospital have participated jointly in the Kansas City-area home-rebuilding program. Last year (see photos), almost 300 campus employees and friends teamed up to renovate 12 homes of low-income and elderly residents in the Rosedale community, near campus. For more information on house captain and volunteer duties, visit the Christmas in October website.
Sepsis is a condition largely unknown to the public. And yet it kills more people each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. The University of Kansas Hospital is highlighting the condition during September's Sepsis Awareness Month.
Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by the body overreacting to an infection. When bacteria moves into the bloodstream, the body's immune system mobilizes to fight them. If the infection is left unchecked, the body's own defenses injure its tissues, leading to shock and organ failure.
Common causes of sepsis include pneumonia, urinary tract infections and skin infections caused by infected bites or scratches.
In the United States, it's estimated that 750,000 people are infected by sepsis and 258,000 people die every year. Yet, according to a poll commissioned by a leading patient advocacy group, only 40 percent of Americans know of sepsis.
Anyone can develop sepsis, but it's most common and dangerous in elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of intravenous fluids, improves chances for survival.
Sepsis Warning Signs
An infection, plus two or more of these symptoms:
"Early recognition and treatment is critically important," said Amanda Gartner, RN, quality outcomes nurse manager. "The progression of sepsis to severe sepsis and septic shock results in poor patient outcomes."
Our Sepsis Plan
There is no simple diagnostic test for sepsis. So the hospital uses an evidence-based approach to help identify sepsis early for at-risk patients. An interdisciplinary sepsis team has created a care variation package to enhance current screening tools and resources. The goal is to help clinicians identify potential cases of sepsis during its earliest stages to control the spread of infection.
In recognition of sepsis awareness month, the hospital is offering several educational opportunities for employees. Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by the body overreacting to an infection.
Clinical Sepsis Investigators
Learn about the history of sepsis, its impact on our hospital and the new care variation package. Breakout sessions are also included. The lecture series is open to all employees. Register via email@example.com. Nurses: 4.0 CNE.
Attend one of the following dates:
Wednesday, Sept. 25: Simply Sepsis Nursing Grand Rounds, 8 to 10 a.m., 1050 School of Nursing. Session will provide nurses with the tools and resources to recognize and manage this complex condition. Register via firstname.lastname@example.org. Nurses: 2.0 CNE.